Sprint Football Makes a Statement in 2004

With of much of the defense and several key players from the 2003 season gone, no one was quite sure what to expect of the 2004 version of the Quakers. But the Red and Blue, led by 10 seniors, including captains, Mike Russo, Pat Monaghan, Adam Schlosser, and Doug Pires, were determined to make a statement. Penn did just that, opening the season 3-0, including their first win over Army since 2000 and broke three long-standing program records.

The Quakers finished the 2004 campaign in second with a 4-2 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL). The Red and Blue also took home their third consecutive William Wagner Trophy, awarded to the top Ivy League team. Penn has now finished in the top-three in the CSFL, dating back to 1996 when it took home its first League title.

Opening Statement

Penn jumped out to a 3-0 start on the season. The Quakers began their run with a 35-13 victory against Cornell on Sept. 17. Sophomore J.T. Hutchinson in his first collegiate start, recorded four touchdowns. Sophomore Mike Loguidice went 15-of-23 passing, racking up 251 yards, setting the second-highest passing mark in program history.

The push continued against Princeton on Oct. 2 as the Quakers rolled over the Tigers, 49-8. Loguidice threw four touchdown passes and 231 yards on 12-for-21 passing, while David Derr led all Penn receivers with 68 yards. Rookie Albert Tsai showed off his speed running for 63 yards on 12 carries. The Red and Blue wracked up 440 yards of total offense to the Tigers’ 219 yards. Defensively, senior co-captain Mike Russo had 10 tackles, including nine solo hits.

Perhaps the biggest win of the season was the 31-17 victory over Army on Franklin Field on Oct. 17. That night marked the first win over the Black Knights since 2000. After falling behind 14-0 early in the game, the Red and Blue responded by scoring 31 unanswered points. Monaghan led all receivers with 87 yards on 10 catches. Hutchinson led all rushers with 186 yards, including a 76-yard run, on 22 carries and two touchdowns. Loguidice had another outstanding night, throwing for 173 yards on 19-for-22 passing. Defensively, the Quakers’ Nick Kopec had a solid night making eight tackles, seven solo, including three sacks. Keith Smith and MikeRusso also chipped in with eight tackles apiecefor Penn.

Monaghan Makes His Mark

Monaghan wrote his name in the Penn record books not once, but twice in his final year. Against Army on Oct. 17, the wide receiver became the career receiving yards leader

Monaghan wrapped up his career with the Quakers by catching 10 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Monaghan also broke the Penn single-season receiving yardage record of 451 set by Jack Welsh in the first half, ending the season with 572 yards. It was the second record he broke this season as he became the career receiving yards leader earlier in the year against Army, and finishes with 1,346 career receiving yards.

Midseason Stumble

After opening the season 3-0, Penn stumbled against both Cornell and Navy. Against Cornell on Oct. 24, the Big Red upset Penn with 34-27 in Ithaca, N.Y. Cornell opened the second quarter with back-to-back touchdowns in the first four minutes. Penn answered with a score of its own with 8:22 remaining in the half as Stephen Delgado ran the ball in from eight yards out. The Big Red then took a 21-7 lead with another score with just 1:01 left to play in the quarter. But the Quakers cut the deficit to 21-14 to close the half as Mike Loguidice connected with David Derr with 32 seconds to go. Down 28-14 heading into the fourth quarter, Hutchinson scored his eighth touchdown of the season at the 13:57 mark. Monaghan added a touchdown of his own with 9:20 left to play to pull the Quakers with one, 28-27. Jim Gunther set up for the extra point but had his kick blocked. The Penn rally fell short, as Cornell added an insurance touchdown on the ensuing drive to put them on top 34-27. Hutchinson finished the night with 137 yards rushing, while Monaghan caught nine passes for 118 yards.

The Quakers ran into tough competition on Oct. 30 as they fell to the would-be CSFL champion Navy, 45-7. Hutchinson broke Penn’s scoring drought in the fourth quarter on a 33-yard run to cap-off a six-play, 74-yard drive. Hutchinson was the game’s leading rusher with 119 yards on 24 carries and the touchdown was his ninth of the season.

What a Way to Close the Season

The back-to-back losses only made the Red and Blue more determined to end the season with a bang. Penn did just that pounding Princeton, 61-28, on senior night at Franklin Field. After holding the Quakers to just three plays and six yards on the opening drive, Princeton (0-6, 0-4 CSFL) opened the scoring a 11:57 in the first quarter as Dennis Bakke connected with Lon Johnson on a 26-yard pass. Sophomore Mike Loguidice responded with an 18-yard pass to Pat Monaghan on the next possession to pull the Quakers within, 7-6 at the 10:13 mark. Five minutes later the Red and Blue took the lead for good on a four-yard run by sophomore J.T. Hutchinson to put Penn up, 12-7. The Quakers exploded for three touchdowns in the second quarter, as Loguidice ran one in from a yard out and tossed two touchdown passes to Monaghan to take a commanding 32-7 lead into half.

Penn wasted little time scoring in the third quarter as Loguidice ran from 14 yards out for his second rushing touchdown of the game. The Tigers added some points of their own in the quarter as Bakke scored on a quarterback keeper with 1:32 left to cut the deficit to 39-14.

Both teams’ offense was strong during the final 7:33 of the game, as they combined for five touchdowns. The Quakers recorded three scores in the fourth quarter, including a 72-yard run by Hutchinson and two touchdowns by Stephen Delgado, while Matt Worley and Frank Langston both scored for the Tigers. Delgado finished the night with 65 yards on nine carries, including his 41-yard touchdown sprint.

Monaghan wrapped up his career with the Quakers by catching 10 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Loguidice had another solid night calling the plays as he threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns on 13-for14 passing. Defensively, Russo led all tacklers with 11 hits, including nine solo and a sack for a loss of nine yards, while Kopec recorded seven tackles and a sack. Fellow senior Duncan Pelly recorded four tackles, including 1.5 sacks for a combined loss of 10 yards. Senior Juan Hernandez had the game’s only interception, which he returned for 20 yards.

Fifteen Quakers Earn All-CSFL Honors

The Quakers saw 15 student-athletes earn All-CSFL honors in 2004. Seniors Mike Russo (LB), Monaghan (WR) and Kopec (DL), junior Derr (TE) and Ben Drane (OL), and sophomores Hutchinson (RB), Loguidice (QB) were named to the first team. Senior Doug Pires (DL) and sophomore Jordan Cloyd (OL) earned second-team honors. Earning honorable mentions were seniors Adam Schlosser (OL) and Duncan Pelly (DL), junior Hank Watson (OL), sophomore Nick Dinges (LB) and newcomers Mike Sanders (OL) and David Lopez (DB).

Penn Hands out Annual Awards

The Red and Blue introduced a new award in 2004, the Benjamin F. Wagner Spirit Award.The inaugural honor was named for Head Coach Bill Wagner’s father, an avid Quakers fan, who passed away earlier this season. The award recognizes the team member that exhibits the most spirit and dedication to the sprint football program. The first recipient of the award was senior co-captain Doug Pires. The senior, along with Nick Kopec, also garnered the Dr. Paul M. Mitchell Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award.

Senior Patrick Monaghan, coming off a historic final campaign,was bestowed with three awards. He was the recipient of the Lt. Charles Schmucker Award given to those who exhibit the qualities of an ideal sprint football player. He also was presented with the Timothy Ortman Most Outstanding Offensive Back and Receiver Awards as well as the Special Teams Award.

Senior Mike Russo earned the Robert J. Mongeluzzi Award for Outstanding Defensive Back while rookie Mike Sanders was given the Thomas Stillwell Award for Most Outstanding Freshman. Quarterback Mike Loguidice and lineman Nick Dinges earned the Most Improved Offensive and Defensive Player Awards. Ben Drane along with senior Adam Schlosser were both honored with the Dan Doheny Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman, while seniors Doug Pires and Nick Kopec were given the Dr. Paul M. Mitchell Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman Award.

Saying Goodbye

The Red and Blue had to say goodbye to10 seniors in 2004 – captains Monaghan, Pires, Schlosser and Russo, along with Juan Hernandez, Jeffrey Campbell, Nick Kopec Alexander Martinez, Michael Musicanesi and Conor O’Callaghan.

Looking Ahead

Despite losing 10 seniors, the Quakers will return All-League running back in Hutchinson and quarterback in Loguidice along with a corps of talented players. The expectations will again be high as Penn challenges for a CSFL title next season.

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.